No. 7 Trojans Top Arizona 6-1 In Marks Stadium|
April 4, 2015
LOS ANGELES - The Trojans continued their weekend of competition by beating the Wildcats 6-1 on Saturday (April 4) in Marks Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. It was a hot day as the Trojans defended both their home court and their undefeated conference record. This win improved USC to 4-0 in conference and 18-3 overall.
The Trojans opened the day with a win in the doubles portion of the competition. USC's pair of Eric Johnson and Jonny Wang took down Arizona's twosome of David Mushayev and Jose Zamorano 6-0. The Trojan wins continued to roll in as USC's No. 3 duo of Yannick Hanfmann and Roberto Quiroz finished their match by defeating Arizona's Sumeet Shidne and Trevor James 6-1 to claim the doubles point.
As the singles portion of the day began, courts one and two moved into a full sprint. No. 114 Eric Johnson claimed the first singles win of the day on court one with a decisive 6-1, 6-1 score. Quickly thereafter on court two, No. 19 Roberto Quiroz closed out his match with two aces in a row. The final score was 6-2, 6-0 over Wildcat opponent, David Mushayev. Quiroz's many aces in this match impressed the crowd at Marks Stadium and resulted in loud cheers. His win pushed the Trojans further ahead in their lead over Arizona with a 3-0 overall score.
Impressive volleys and powerful shots were seen from court three as No. 66 Max de Vroome continued to use his tall stature to his advantage. He won the first set 7-5 versus Arizona's Jason Jaruyang in a close fight, but pulled away to take the second set 6-3. De Vroome's win improved USC to 4-0 on the day, and clinched the match for the Trojans.
Even though the overall match was clinched, the remaining matches were played out. Shortly after de Vroome's clincher, No. 35 Jonny Wang defeated Arizona's Will Kneale with a 7-5, 6-2 score. Wang's victory extended his winning streak to 10 matches, currently the longest winning streak on the team.
Courts five and six were both locked in three-set battles. Tanner Smith lost his first set, 3-6 to Arizona's Jose Zamorano, but fought back to take set two with a swift 6-2. Unfortunately, Zamorano would have the final swing as Arizona claimed the third set 6-4 to win the match.
With the overall score now at 5-1, No. 68 Nick Crystal was determined to have the final word of the day. Immersed in a heated battle of his own on court five, he volleyed back and forth with Arizona's Trevor James. The Wildcat took set one 6-3, but Crystal regained his swagger and dominated set two by winning 6-1. Crystal's momentum continued and he closed out the day by winning set three 6-3 to give the Trojans their final point of the day.
USC's next action takes the Trojans to the Bay Area where they will face California on Friday (April 10) at 1:30 p.m. and Stanford on Saturday (April 11) at 1 p.m. They will continue their pursuit of a perfect conference record.
#7 USC 6, Arizona 1